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Poster: Musictrade Date: Mar 20, 2006 9:13pm
Forum: netlabels Subject: [mt007-mt008] New albums from Softspace and Doc & Lena Selyanina

Experiments at the Edge of Time
Musictrade release MT007
Released: March 19, 2006
Lame HVBR, including hi-res cover artwork.

Softspace, an electronica artist from England, debuted on Musictrade in November 2005 on the Requiems for a Submerged City compilation (MT005). This is his first full length release on the label, presenting his beautiful and rich synth soundscapes in the form of 11 new songs.

Softspace has been playing synths for almost 3 decades. His early influences were artists like Wendy Carlos, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk; lately he has enjoyed ambient/electronica artists like Biosphere and Tetsu Inoue.

"This album is really driven by the energy of sound", characterizes Softspace. "I've been fascinated by the ability of sound to affect our emotions, and with the synthesizer the sound palette available to the artist has really exploded. Each track on this album is unique in emotion, yet part of the larger soundscape. To put a rough label on it, the music is in the vein of experimental minimalist tradition, primarily based on keyboard improvisations subjected to further electronic production. Main keyboard instruments used were Access Virus, Novation and Roland V."

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Doc & Lena Selyanina
Noble, Sentimental & Ambient Waltzes
Musictrade release MT008
Released: March 21, 2006
Lame HVBR, including hi-res cover artwork.

Friends of dark meditative ambient are in for another treat with this new co-creation from the Finnish ambient composer/producer Doc and the Russian keyboardist Lena Selyanina. This album was inspired by Maurice Ravel's waltzes for the piano, and Lena's soulful and introspective piano takes quite naturally a prominent role on this material. As on their earlier releases (MT002 & MT004), the fundamental soundworld and atmosphere is that of deep beatless ambient, with deliciously layered sounds and carefully crafted, slowly evolving tonal structures. Then there's the piano - often close and intimate, dwelling peacefully in subtle and rich ambient harmonies; at times wandering more playfully amidst complex tonal structures; and at other times acting as a source to more electronic and artifical sounds.

There's a certain cinematic and dramatic feel already in the music itself, and this sense of drama is accented by subtle lines, sighs and sounds originating from some noble and ambient movies by Wim Wenders (track 1), Ingmar Bergman (tracks 2 & 5), Krzysztof Kieslowski (track 3) and Andrei Tarkovsky (track 4).

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Poster: LAJ Date: Mar 21, 2006 1:33pm
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: [mt008] New album from Doc & Lena Selyanina

This is a unique and excellent release - a teasing contrast of light and dark, meldody and discord. Thanks.

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Poster: Doc@Musictrade Date: Mar 21, 2006 7:39pm
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: [mt008] New album from Doc & Lena Selyanina

Thanks a lot, much appreciated.